Whether you need food rewards as part of your training regimine or are an owner who just can’t resist treating your horse, there are some things you should consider in choosing your treats.
Many horses gladly chow down on donuts, cookies or white bread sandwiches. The market is also flooded with a variety of starch/grain and sugar loaded treats that there is no denying the horses love. However, these choices cause glucose and insulin surges. They also promote the growth of acid producing bacteria in the mouth that contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. There is certainly nothing like these in the horse’s ancestral natural diet.
An important thing to realize is that while most horses have a sweet tooth they also enjoy many other things that we would not find particularly appealing but the horses relish and are much better choices nutritionally. These include:
- Alfalfa cubes or pellets
- Sunflower seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Dried split green peas
- Green beans
- Rose hips
Combine multiple choices for a unique equine trail mix.